Saturday, December 7, 2019

My Favorite Things of the Week

I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We spent it, as usual, visiting family in North Carolina. New music tends to slow down during holiday weeks, but here are some of the things I've found recently and love!

I don't have a favorite cover this week, but instead a remix. Jlin is an IDM and electronic music artist from Indiana, known for a percussion-heavy, rhythmic sound. She has brought that sound to St. Vincent's "Smoking Section," from her most recent album.

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib released a collaborative album, Bandana, back in June. They've released numerous music videos for tracks from the album, most revolving around a drug lord character played by Gibbs. In the latest, for "Gat Damn," he plays a cantankerous 80s-style R&B frontman. What amuses me most about the video is the fictional band's violinist; whether intentional or not, I get a kick out of how he holds the instrument.

Dan Bejar sat out the most recent albums from The New Pornographers but will be returning with a new album from Destroyer in January. He has already released one new song, "Crimson Tide," from the album and returned last week with "It Just Doesn't Happen."

Stormzy announced a new album!

He is a grime and hip hop artist from London. He developed an appeal far beyond his home country with his debut album, 2017's Gang Signs & Prayer. After releasing a handful of songs, he recently announced his follow-up, Heavy Is the Head, which is set for release on December 13.

Some more albums to get excited about!

Avey Tare - Conference of Birds/Birds in Disguise (December 5)
Max Bloom - “Bottle” (out now)
Morrissey - I Am Not a Dog on a Chain (March)
Nada Surf - Never Not Together (February 7)
Nicolas Godin - Concrete and Glass (January 24)
Rebecca Foon - Waxing Moon (February 21)
Selena Gomez - TBA (January 10)
The Turning (Original Music Picture Soundtrack) (January 24)

Saturday, November 23, 2019

New Music Friday - August 31, 2018

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Anna Calvi - Hunter

Watch: "Don’t Beat the Girl out of My Boy"
Watch: "Hunter"
Watch: "As a Man"                                                                                                                                                                      

Madeleine Peyroux - Anthem

Watch: "On My Own"
Watch: "We Might as Well Dance"                                                                                                                  

Saintseneca - Pillar of Na

Watch: "Ladder to the Sun"
Listen: "Beast in the Garden"                                                                                                                

Tash Sultana - Flow State

Watch: "Salvation"
Watch: "Blackbird"
Watch: "Free Mind"
Watch: "Cigarettes"                                                                                                                                             

Troye Sivan - Bloom

Watch: "Dance to This" (featuring Ariana Grande)
Watch: "Bloom"
Watch: "Lucky Strike"
Watch: "My My My!"                                                                                                                                                               

Other Full-Length Releases

Big Red Machine - Big Red Machine

Watch: "Forest Green"
Watch: "I Won’t Run from It"

Watch: "Gratitude"

D+ - Destroy Before Listening

House of Feelings - New Lows

Listen: "Touchscreen" (featuring Meredith Graves)
Listen: "Shout"

The Kooks - Let’s Go Sunshine

Watch: "All the Time"
Watch: "Four Leaf Clover"

Watch: "No Pressure"
Watch: "Chicken Bone"

Mass Gothic - I’ve Tortured You Long Enough

Watch: "J.Z.O.K."
Watch: "How I Love You"

Watch: "Keep on Dying"
Watch: "Dark Window"

Muncie Girls - Fixed Ideals

Watch: "Locked Up"
Watch: "Clinic"

Watch: "Picture of Health"

Thou - Magus

Watch: "The Changeling Prince"
Listen: "Inward"

Wild Nothing - Indigo

Watch: "Letting Go"
Listen: "Canyon on Fire"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Babygirl - Lovers Fevers

Watch: "Soft"
Listen: "Over in No Time"

The Band - Music from the Big Pink - 50th Anniversary

Listen: "This Wheel’s on Fire"
Listen: "The Weight"

Depeche Mode - Speak & Spell Singles Collection

The Highwaymen - Highwayman Reissue

Watch: "Highwayman"
Listen: "The Last Cowboy Song"

Iron & Wine - Weed Garden

Listen: "Waves of Galveston"
Listen: "What Hurts Worse"

Justice - Woman Worldwide

Watch: "Love S.O.S."
Listen: "Randy"

KIN: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Listen: Mogwai - "We’re Not Done"
Listen: Mogwai - "Donuts"

King of the Road: A Tribute to Roger Miller

Listen: Kacey Musgraves - "Kansas City Star"
Listen: Loretta Lynn - "Half a Mind"

Paul Simon - One Trick Pony Reissue

Listen: "One Trick Pony"
Listen: "Late in the Evening"

Paul Simon - The Rhythm of the Saints

Watch: "Obvious Child"
Listen: "The Rhythm of the Saints"

Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche Vinyl Reissue

Listen: "The Avalanche"
Listen: "Chicago" (Adult Contemporary version)

Sunday, November 17, 2019

My Favorite Things of the Week

Check out my Upcoming Releases page for more new music!

The soundtrack for Peaky Blinders was released this past Friday and includes new songs from a number of amazing musicians, including Laura Marling, PJ Harvey, and Queens of the Stone Age. It also features a new song from Anna Calvi, "You're Not God." The song doesn't feature her vocals much, aside from audible breaths and growls, but instead focuses on her incredible guitar work.

FKA twigs recently appeared on BBC 1 to perform songs from her new album, Magdalene. In addition to "home with you," and "cellophane," she also performed a cover of Gershwin's jazz classic "Summertime." Despite the song's 85 years as a jazz standard, she manages to bring something new with her distinctive breathy vocals.

Every music video released by Rosalía has been amazing, usually featuring colorful costumes and well-choreographed dance sequences. These don't feel like typical pop videos, though. There's something to the camera work and cinematography, and of course her music, that elevates her videos above the fray.

This week, Moses Sumney announced a two-part album, græ.

He released an incredible debut album, Aromanticism, in 2017, followed up by the Black in Deep Red EP last year. Based on the first track from the album, "Virile," he is only building on the loose song structure and jazz-influenced vocals that made his earlier work so amazing. Part one of the album will be released in February, and part two and the physical release coming on May 15.

Also announced this week:

Action Bronson - Lamb Over Rice (November 22)
Andrew Bird - HARK! (out now)
Andy Stott - It Should Be Us (out now)
Animal Collective - Ballet Slippers (November 22)
Annie Hart - A Softer Offering (December 13)
Black Lips - Sing in a World That’s Falling Apart (January 24)
C.Y.M. - C.Y.M. (out now)
Camila Cabello - Romance (December 6)
Grimes - Miss Anthropocene (February 21)
Free Nationals - The Free Nationals (December 13)
Hamerkop - Remote (February 7)
The Homesick - The Big Exercise (February 7)
Katie Gately - Loom (February 14)
Lee Ranaldo & Raül Refree - Names of North End Women (February 21)
Noel Gallagher’s High-Flying Birds - Blue Moon Rising (March 6)
Of Montreal - UR FUN (January 17)
Okay Kaya - Watch This Liquid Pour Itself (January 24)
The Rentals - Q36 (June 2)
Rose Cousins - Bravado (February 21)
The Secret Sisters - Saturn Return (February 28)
Tinashe - Songs for You (November 22)
Walter Martin - The World at Night (January 31)
Wiki - OOFIE (out now)
Wolf Parade - Thin Mind (January 24)
Yorkston/Thorne/Khan - Navarasa: Nine Emotion (January 24)

Sunday, November 3, 2019

My Favorite Things of the Week

Sudan Archives, aka Brittney Denise Parks, released her debut album, Athena, this week. Also this week, the artist, who I found out is from Cincinnati, sat down with Stereogum to discuss the story behind each of the album's 14 songs.

Vince Staples has a new show, aptly called "The Vince Staples Show," which has served as his vehicle for new music. This week, he released the second single tied to the project, "Sheet Music." As always, his lyrics are amazing.

Sleigh Bells got their start making blown-out, high-octane music, but have reigned it in considerably since their 2008 debut. Their latest song takes on a blues feel, large due to it being a cover of Leadbelly's classic, "Where Did You Sleep Last Night." The song was recorded for The Rhythm Section's soundtrack.

I am somewhat fascinated by Igor, the character Tyler, The Creator, created for his latest album of the same name. The characters has shown up in a couple of interesting music videos already, and last week, Tyler released another video for a track from the album, "I THINK," featuring the character.

The New Pornographers released a new album just a couple of short months ago. That album was the second that did not feature long-time member Dan Bejar. I assumed his absence was due to him working on the latest album from his other major project, Destroyer, and this week that seems to be confirmed. He announced Have We Met, due on January 31 of next year.

Check out my Upcoming Releases page for more new music to come and see a list of other newly-announced albums below:

Algiers - There Is No Year (January 17)
Amy Klein - Winter/Time (November 22)
Andy Shauf - The Neon Skyline (January 24)
Banoffee - Look At Us Now Dad (February 21)
Ben Watt - Storm Damage (January 31)
Billy Corgan - Cotillions (November 22)
Burial - Tunes 2011-2019 (December 6)
Clams Casino - Moon Trip Radio (November 7)
CocoRosie - Put the Shine On (March 6)
Coldplay - Everyday Life (November 22)
Dan Deacon - Mystic Familiar (January 31)
Dan Mangan - Nice, Nice, Very Nice 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (November 15)
Earl Sweatshirt - Feet of Clay (out now)
Empty Country - Empty Country (February 14)
Frances Quinlan - Likewise (January 31)
Hannah Diamond - Reflections (November 22)
The Innocence Mission - See You Tomorrow (January 17)
Juana Molina - Forfun (out now)
Kesha - High Road (January 10)
Mura Masa - R.Y.C. (January 17)
Pinegrove - Marigold (January 17)
Squirrel Flower - I Was Born Swimming (January 31)
Tame Impala - The Slow Rush (February 14)
TNGHT - II (November 12)
Torres - Silver Tongue (January 31)
Uncut Gems (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (December 13)
Wire - Mind Hive (January 24)

Saturday, October 26, 2019

My Favorite Things of the Week

Bob's Burgers is one of my favorite shows on TV, it's unexpected collaborations with some of my favorite musicians makes it even better. The National has been a constant presence on the show, but Fiona Apple has now lent her voice for this year's Halloween episode! There have already been Bob's Burgers albums released, so when we inevitably get the next edition, check it out on my Upcoming Releases page!

Omni has a sound characterized by jangly, precise guitar work. They will be releasing their third album, Networker, next month. They've previously released two songs from the records and released their latest, "Courtesy Call," this week.

A lot of covers make some sort of sense, artists cover other musicians that have inspired their sound in some evident way, or they cover contemporaries. Others seem to come out of nowhere, like (Sandy) Alex G's recent cover of Shania Twain's "You're Still the One."

Aldous Harding's videos find a way to be both strange and straightforward at the same time. Her latest video, for "Zoo Eyes," is no different, featuring the singer lip syncing her lyrics, but in a variety of outlandish costumes and epic makeup.

Jack Peñate is a British musician who released his most recent album, Everything Is New, back in 2009. Last week, he announced his first album in over a decade, After You. He's released two songs and videos for the album, "Prayer" and "Murder." The album will be released on November 29.

Also announced recently:

Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto - TWO: Live at Sydney Opera House (November 15)
Atlantics (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (November 15)
Beach Slang - The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City (January 10)
The Beatles - The Singles Collection (November 22)
Beck - Hyperspace (November 22)
Bonny Light Horseman - Bonny Light Horseman (January 24)
Emily Yacina - Remember the Silver (December 6)
Fever Ray - Plunge Remix (December 13)
The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin: Live at Red Rocks (November 29)
IDLES - A Beautiful Thing: IDLES Live at Le Bataclan (December 6)
Jonsí & Alex - Lost & Found (out now)
Jorge Elbrecht - Gloss Coma - 002 (December 10)
Lucy Dacus - 2019 (November 8)
Marcus King - El Dorado (January 17)
Mary J. Blige - HERstory, Vol. 1 (December 6)
Matty & Leland Whitty - TBA (November 1)
Mount Kimbie - WXAXRXP (November 15)
Nina Kraviz - MASSEDUCTION Rewired (December 13)
Queen & Slim (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (November 15)
Peter Bjorn and John - Endless Dream (March 13)
Poliça - When We Stay Alive (January 31)
Rata Negra - La Hija Del Sepulturero (November 1)
Robin Richards - Castel (December 6)
Upset - Upset (November 22)

Saturday, October 12, 2019

My Favorite Things of the Week

Another decade is coming to a close, which means music sites are posting lists of the best music of the decade. Pitchfork posted their 200 best albums of the 2010s this week. There's still a lot of music to come this year, so check out my Upcoming Releases page to see some of the potentially overlooked records!

Caroline Polachek has an album coming out in just over a week, and released several singles from it well before announcing the record. She released another last week, "So Hot You're Hurting My Feelings," another great showcase for her otherworldly vocals.

Last week, NPR shared video snippets of their Turning the Tables concert, which sought to honor eight influential women who helped shaped popular music. The women recognized were Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Maybelle Carter, Marion Anderson, Ella Fitzgerald, Mary Lou Williams, Celia Cruz, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Contemporary females musicians were brought in to cover some of their most notable songs, including an incredible cover of "Strange Fruit" from Lizz Wright.

Finally, when he passed in 2016, Leonard Cohen was working on an album with his son, Adam. Last week, the resulting record, Thanks for the Dance, was announced. The album will include a number of guest musicians, including Beck, Damien Rice, and Feist. The first single, "The Goal," was also released.

Also announced recently:

Anna of the North - Dream Girl (October 25)
The Band - The Band 50th Anniversary Edition (November 15)
Bob Dylan - Travelin' Thru, 1967–1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 15 (November 1)
Brooke Candy - SEXORCISM (October 25)
Bryce Dessner - Tenebre (October 11)
Caroline Polachek - Pang (October 18)
Cate Le Bon & Bradford Cox - Myths 004 (November 1)
CUP - Spinning Creature (November 1)
Cursive - Get Fixed (October 11)
DaBaby - KIRK (out now)
DJ Shadow - Our Pathetic Age (November 15)
Dry Cleaning - Boundary Road Snakes and Drinks (October 25)
Field Music - Making a New World (January 10)
Frozen 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (November 15)
Georgia - Seeking Thrills (January 10)
Harry Nilsson - Losst and Founnd (November 22)
Hemlock Ernst & Kenny Segal - Back at the House (October 26)
Holy Fuck - Deleter (January 17)
Jimmy Eat World - Surviving (October 18)
Johnny Marr - Single Life (December 6)
Jonathan Fire*Eater - Tremble Under Boom Lights Reissue (October 18)
Josienne Clarke - In All Weather (November 8)
Josh Homme - Desert Sessions Vol. 11 (October 25)
Josh Homme - Desert Sessions Vol. 12 (October 25)
Lee Scratch Perry - Life of the Plants (October 25)
Leonard Cohen - Thanks for the Dance (November 22)
Little Wings - Wonderue Reissue (November 29)
LOOR - Nightland (November 22)
Mariah Carey - Merry Christmas (Deluxe Anniversary Edition) (November 1)
Mount Eerie - Lost Wisdom pt. 2 (November 8)
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Ghosteen (out now)
Nirvana - MTV Unplugged in New York (November 1)
Pick a Piper - Sight (October 18)
Pink Floyd - The Later Years (November 29)
Pluralone - To Be One with You (November 22)
Poppy - I Disagree (January 10)
Robert Glasper - Fuck Yo Feelings (out now)
Robert Plant - Digging Deep (December 13)
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Thousands Knives Of Reissue (November 8)
Smoke Fairies - Darkness Brings the Wonders Home (January 31)
Stars - LaGuardia (December 6)
Sufjan Stevens - The Decalogue (October 18)
Teebs - Anicca (October 25)
Tei Shi - La Linda (November 15)
Ty Segall - Pig Man Lives Volume 1 (November 1)
Van Morrison - Three Chords and the Truth (October 25)
Wished Bone - Sap Season (November 1)

Saturday, October 5, 2019

New Music Friday - September 27, 2019

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Emel Mathlouthi - Everywhere We Looked Was Burning

Everywhere We Looked Was Burning is the third album from the Tunisian artist. Mathlouthi spent time in Woodstock to write this album, which is inspired both by nature and the current state of the world.

Watch: "Footsteps"
Watch: "Rescuer"

The New Pornographers - In the Morse Code of Brake Lights

This is the eighth album from the incredible (mostly) Canadian indie supergroup, following 2017's Whiteout Conditions. Having sat out for that album, Dan Bejar is unfortunately still not back for this outing. Neko Case is here, though, and that's all I really need in life!

Watch: "The Surprise Knock"
Watch: "Falling Down the Stairs of Your Smile"

Tegan and Sara - Hey, I’m Just Like You

While this the latest record from the twin artists, the songs are some of their oldest, mostly written and demoed when the pair were teenagers. Having delved into a poppier sound on recent records, this one brings them closer to their rock beginnings.

Watch: "I’ll Be Back Someday"
Watch: "Hey, I’m Just Like You"

Trentemøller - Obverse

This new album from the Danish producer follows 2016's Fixion. He brings in some vocal help from the likes of Lina Tullgren, Lisbet Fritze, Rachel Goswell, and jennylee.

Watch: "In the Garden"
Watch: "Blue September"

Other Full-Length Releases

DaBaby - KIRK

Watch: "Intro"
Listen: "iPHONE" (featuring Nicki Minaj)

Girl Band - The Talkies

Watch: "Shoulderblades"
Watch: "Going Norway"

Michaela Anne - Desert Love

Watch: "By Our Design"
Listen: "Child of the Wind"

Sturgill Simpson - Sound & Fury

Watch: "Sing Along"
Listen: "Make Art Not Friends"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

The Beatles - Abbey Road 50

Watch: "Here Comes the Sun" (2019 Mix)
Listen: "Come Together" (2019 Mix)

Dinosaur Jr. - Green Mind Reissue

Listen: "The Wagon"
Listen: "Green Mind"

Dinosaur Jr. - Hand It Over Reissue

Listen: "Never Bought It"
Listen: "I’m Insane"

Dinosaur Jr. - Where You Been Reissue

Listen: "Out There"
Listen: "Start Choppin'"

Dinosaur Jr. - Without a Sound Reissue

Listen: "On the Brink"
Listen: "Feel the Pain"

Judy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Listen: Renée Zellweger - "Get Happy" (featuring Sam Smith)
Listen: "For Once in My Life"

Noel Gallagher’s High-Flying Birds - This Is the Place

Watch: "This Is the Place"
Watch: "Sail On"

The Roots - Things Fall Apart Reissue

Listen: "Ain’t Sayin’ Nothin’ New"
Listen: "Dynamite!"

Sporting Life - Black Diamond

Watch: "Crux" (featuring Mike, & Wiki)
Listen: "Black Diamond" (featuring Deem Spencer)

Wild Nothing - Live from Brooklyn Steel

Watch: "Canyon on Fire"
Listen: "Live in Dreams"